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PITT STOP: WICB think long, then play wrong; Romain Pitt passes sentence

The good news is that Jimmy Adams, the new director of West Indies cricket, says he believes the eligibility rules governing selection should be changed.

The bad news is that he also believes that the change may take some time because it will involve a “process”—somewhat like the “process” that led to the rule in the first place, which made it impossible for the region to ever select its best team.

Photo: Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, who was recently appointed director of West Indies cricket.
Photo: Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, who was recently appointed director of West Indies cricket.

I confess to being worried about the need for a long period of thinking to change rules which, although packaged to appear as concerned with development, were on their face irrational.

In sport, forgetting what happened nine years ago may be forgiven; not so forgetting what happened mere nine months ago. In June last year, the WI defeated both Australia and South Africa once to reach the final in the tripartite 50-over series. Among the players making the biggest contributions to the West Indian successes were Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Marlon Samuels.

Commenting on the poor performances against England in the recently completed series, a former manager noted the side’s unprofessional nature, with particular reference to the individualism displayed. He made no reference to the absence from the team of every one of the above-named players, along with other experienced players.

No mention was made either of the fact that no member of the squad had played even 20 such matches. And for the first time in recent memory, not one cricketer from Jamaica, which had made it to the regional finals, played a single game.

Photo: Dwayne Bravo (left) and Kieron Pollard cross for a run during active duty for the West Indies Cricket Team,. The pair have often been hit with the blunt instrument of exclusion from the WI squad. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Dwayne Bravo (left) and Kieron Pollard cross for a run during active duty for the West Indies Cricket Team,. The pair have often been hit with the blunt instrument of exclusion from the WI squad.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

One likely explanation for the alleged individualism displayed was arguably that, in an attempt to ensure future selection, each of these relatively untried players might have been more preoccupied with his own individual success than with the team’s performance.

The endless battle with “stars” and “would-be stars” and the unrelenting use of the blunt instrument of exclusion from the squad as the sole method of punishment for players must end; although it may satisfy the egos of directors, it necessarily results in the weakening of teams.

Not every act or statement that appears to challenge authority or even criticise directors should be seen as a direct or indirect threat to the continued existence of the WICB.

The lines of authority are just too sharply drawn and those of us who have eyes to see it have a duty to point it out.

Only recently, the Governor of the ECC Bank said, “We don’t have a particularly good record of managing things.”

Had he been thinking of the WICB in particular or West Indies cricket in general, he might have been minded to add, “Or people.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran, is currently suspended from playing for the West Indies, making him perhaps one of the people the WI have not handled well in recent times. (Copyright Barbados Today)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran, is currently suspended from playing for the West Indies, making him perhaps one of the people the WI have not handled well in recent times. (Copyright Barbados Today)

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5 comments

  1. Colin Benjamin cant see why it should take that long to reverse the rules if its already hurting us. They waiting for men to retire?

    • They want to rid team of India 14 walkout group – WICB crooks just going around in circles trying but failing to fool people hiding behind this “eligibility rule”

      what Adams saying was essentially same thing Simmons said repeatedly before he got fired

  2. The end result of this decision will decide who long Jimmy stays as DOC or not

  3. Choy Aping why is pooran suspended?

    • Earl Best

      Choy Aping, tell him because anybody with a mind of his own is perceived by Cameron as a threat to his own survival as boss of the West Indian cricket enterprise.

      Arse-lickers do well in West Indies cricket these days; in fact, I think it may be a necessary asset both on and off the field.